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Life Is Sweet

Life Is Sweet

Alison Steadman
Director: Mike Leigh Cast: Alison Steadman
Alison Steadman
, Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
, Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh's situation comedy about a lower middle-class family in the London suburbs is a slice-of-life chronicle that subtly reveals the pain and rage underneath the surface of day-to-day conventions. The youngish parents, Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) live with their 20-something twin daughters, Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and Natalie (Claire Skinner). Natalie, a plumber's assistant, is clean-cut and forever looks on the bright side of life. Nicola, who is unemployed, has nothing but contempt for conventionality. As the daughters deal with the obsessively sunny Wendy and the lackadaisical Andy, and confront a succession of ne'er-do-well friends and neighbors, a darker picture is painted of this normal family -- particularly Nicola, who is convinced she is fat and ugly (despite her emaciated appearance), with Natalie being a constant rebuke to her.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2013
UPC: 0715515105613
Original Release: 1990
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 13,278

Special Features

New restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack; New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh; Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London; Five short films written and directed by Leigh for the proposed television series Five-Minute Films, with a new audio introduction by Leigh; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alison Steadman Wendy
Jim Broadbent Andy
Timothy Spall Aubrey
Claire Skinner Natalie
Jane Horrocks Nicola
David Thewlis Nicola's Lover
Moya Brady Paula
Stephen Rea Patsy
David Neilson Steve
Jack Thorpe Baker Nigel
Harriet Thorpe Customer

Technical Credits
Mike Leigh Director,Screenwriter
Sophie Becher Art Director
Simon Channing-Williams Producer
Alison Chitty Production Designer
Jon Gregory Editor
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Carolyn Walsh Makeup

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